Parallels between Parenthood and Leadership

I can tell you first hand that being a father is not easy! I have three children the ages of 15, 12 and 9. They are all wonderful children and unique in their own ways. As a recent Dayquil commercial…

What We Can Learn from March Madness

The NCAA men’s college basketball tournament – affectionately known as “March Madness” – is a sports fan’s dream. Online brackets are completed by men, women and children both for fun and in competitive office pools. Some complete one bracket, while…

The Relevance of Footprints Left Behind

My family enjoys vacationing at the beach. Our favorite part of being there is walking along the shore, looking for the perfect seashell along the shallow incoming tide. My youngest daughter, Miller, loves to try and walk in my footprints.…

Life is Like an Amusement Park

Over the Holidays, my family vacationed in Orlando and went to 5 amusement parks in 5 days. In order to maximize our time at each park, we knew we needed to do the following: Have a general game plan: We…

Playing by the Rules: Ethics and Values Come First

There is extreme pressure in team sports to win – at all costs. At the collegiate level, winning impacts endowments, student enrollment, scholarships, ticket sales, national rankings and recognition. At the professional level, winning has a direct correlation with ticket…

Help Your Employees “PLAY BALL”

Personal and professional development are a central part of one’s career progression. Without proper guidance, an employee will have a difficult time figuring out how to leverage strengths and choose a career path that makes sense. I have created an…

Keys to Building a Successful Culture

A head football coach at any level must build the right culture before success can be realized. First, it is crucial for the head coach to put a staff in place that supports his philosophy and vision for running the program. Second,…

Managing Challenging Personalities

In sports, team chemistry is crucial to success. Its leader (head coach) must set the tone by articulating its vision, defining what success looks like, clarifying roles and creating the culture. Taking these steps – and getting everyone on board…

Leaving Your Mark

Two years ago I decided to coach travel baseball again after taking several years off to focus on work and family. My intentions were clear from the beginning – I wanted to help players get better at the sport and…